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Summit Sága IPA - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Sága IPASummit Sága IPA

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189 Reviews
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Reviews: 189
Hads: 1,248
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 46
Gots: 260 | FT: 4
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Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JackieTH on 05-08-2012

Named after the Norse goddess Sága, drinking companion of the God Odin. With a divine tropical fruit hop aroma and clean, assertive bitterness.
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Photo of Hop-Droppen-Roll
4.69/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my all time favorites! I've been looking forward to the chance to give this great beer a proper review. Just be warned - I am totally biased here.

Pours a clear honey-gold with a fluffy, creamy head. Lacing looks great, almost leaves a winter-evergreen landscape on the wall of the glass. Head retention is fantastic.

I give the nose on this one a perfect 5. It's bigger and better than I ask of a non-Imperial IPA - but just enough. All pine and grapefruit juice here.

Taste-wise, well, there's just something about Saga. It's one of my classics, so there's this nostalgia to it. It takes me back to backyard archery practice with my dad, gearing up bowhunting - but it can't be just me. This is such a great IPA, but it's an individual in a sea of great IPAs. Pine and grapefruit per the norm? Yeah, but it has personality. Nice and bitter on the back end of the swig.

Mouthfeel is great. It's light, maybe a little aggressive on the carbonation, but pleasantly so. Gets nice and creamy if you let your tongue bathe in it for a few moments.

A lot of people might roll their eyes at the high score I'm giving this beer. I just want to remind those people that this isn't an imperial. My word though, it could almost pass for one, and that's what makes it an extraordinary 'single' IPA. Let's not forget the price point either - talk about an affordable luxury!

Can't recommend this one enough.

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Photo of Aaron_Eicher
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the great progressive city of St. Paul, Minnesota comes the Saga IPA from Summit Brewing. After slaving away for a few hours studying for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, a nice, hoppy IPA was just what my pallet desired.

From the get go, this brew poured deep golden color and boasted about a half inch head. The brew itself might have been a tad cloudy (or maybe that was my Denver Rocket's glass I purchased at the local Goodwill). The head settled out fairly quickly, revealing a solid lacing.

I like to pride myself on my acute sense of smell, and something as high as 80 IBU should have definitely set off my sensors; however, the Saga settled in my nose quite easily. Don't get me wrong, it smelled great (as all hoppy beers do), but I want to say I expected more of a kick.

This beer packed a punch...for the first three seconds of each sip. If this beer drove a sports car, it would accelerate to the speed limit as fast as it could and then throw on the cruise control for the rest of the ride. It's boldness only lasts so long before it settles out to a nice medium.

I paired this brew with a bowl of chips and salsa. On the whole, I'll be drinking this beer again and I will be enjoying it. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of arthuro11
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber/light gold cross, with a bit more head than expected but settled down quickly. Left a nice lacing.

Smells is good, something not perfect about the smell for me but maybe it's the water (I have similar but worse experience with Leines). Hits the mouth great, taste and mouthfeel is very nice, crisp with grapefruit overtones. Pretty hoppy. Don't notice the decent ABV right away, but by the end definitely was contributing to the enjoyment.

Overall I'll definitely be buying again, not a standout in a crowded field but on the other hand somewhat local and very affordable.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A rather hazy amber brown with just a 1/4 inch of head that settles to a great lace ring. Not very sticky lacing at that.
S - Smell is rather herbal but does smell balanced with cracker malts and some crystal malts. Might be old since its not very aromatic.
T - Has a bit more of an herbal bite than most IPA's I had lately but its balanced enough to be super drinkable. I like how every sip the hops bite the tongue every time.
M - Light to medium its fairly balanced and drink able.

Overall just like their porter this beer is well crafted and worth drinking. A well crafted IPA.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful slightly hazed copper orange hue with bright white head forming thick, fine even spread lacing through the sides of my glass. Aromatics offer up pungent citrus, mild tropical fruits like mango and pineapple, and more grapefruit. I saw citra and a slew of other hops listed on the six pack carrier. Flavor has a nice rounded bitterness, grapefruit peel, tropical fruit sweetness it's kind of like pureed hop juice, a bit of dankness with herbal earthy notes hops across the board very fresh offering this shows no signs of age, it's best by date is 1/26/13 printed on the neck of the bottle plus the label has a code 32411310, probably more which looks like it was brewed on the 241st day of 2013. Mouthfeel is a bit resinous with hop oils medium to light bodied dry finish, this one is very easy to consume not the most aggressive or overly hopped IPA but for sure a solid staple that any true hop head can enjoy.

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Photo of B_Faust
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a great IPA (Ameican or even West Coast) effort by Summit. Their traditional IPA is a benchmark, truly fantastic. Saga is also a great example. It looks great, smells better and tastes solid. All the Seven C flavors with a hint of tradition and quality, which lacks in alot of new breweries. Summit never disappoints. They didn't rush to make a hoppy American IPA, and it shows. Thank you Summit.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A clear gold color, with a good amount of off white head at the top that stuck around for a while, a slight lacing around the glass as well.

S: Grapefruit hits you like a ton of bricks right off the bat, slight hint of bananas and strong hint of pine.

T: Grapefruit just like the nose, hint of pineapple and honey, good amount of hops tasted on the tongue as well.

M:Light bodied, a good amount of carbonation, a little sticky.

O: Not a bad brew, very refreshing and easy drinker.

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-clear amber color with a decent white head and good lacing

S-citrus, tropical fruit, malt, pine, slight herbal

T-toasted malt, grapefruit, tropical fruit, floral, pine, moderate bitter finish

F-medium boys with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a solid IPA, surprised me a little as I had never heard of this, would definitely enjoy this again

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Photo of SavvyStudent
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A cloudy deep gold color pout with a consistend 1/2 finger head. Good lacing and pour with signs of bottle conditioning.

S: A nice funky lemon smell on the front with hops blended well throughout. A little pine but not one of those beers that just smells like a pine forest. Slight grapefruit.

T: Hoppy kick at the front with Grapefruit and lemon taking the lead. Bitterness as expected with IPA and a little malt/funk n it to make it unique.

M: medium-high carbonation with an equal mouthfeel. Sits better than I would've thought from just the appearance and smell.

O: Not in my top IPAs by any means but a solid showing from MN that is worth a try. The cloudy funk mixed with the carbonation and grapefruit spike sets it apart from your traditional offering. Worth a buy if on tap or pick-6

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Photo of BigBry
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tried on draft while in St. Paul, Mn. Served in a Summit logo pint glass.
Clear, amber orange color and a solid head. decent retention that leaves a bit of lacing.
Smell is a bit spicy with citrusy hops.
Taste has good hop flavor, citrusy and other tropical fruit. Slightly sweet, not overly bitter. Dry finish, earthy hops at the end.
Medium body and carbonation, easy to drink.
Another good tasting beer, nice to find another good local.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a cloudy yellow with light orange hints with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of piney and citrus hops, very nice. Tastes of citrus notes with slight earthy tones. Beer is slightly over carbonated but it is medium bodied and goes down easily. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saga pours a clearer golden color, with a small lacing head. There is a nice bold floral. The taste is a nice bold floral hoppy flavor finishes wet. Good full flavors, good full body, yet very drinkable. Overall a very nice easy drinking yet bold IPA.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

So, killing time on a gd 4 hour layover in St. Paul/Minneapolis airport. Poured by the bartender into a silly little Sam Adams perfect pint tulip. She then ran away with the bottle. Ordered via an iPad that accompanied each stool at the bar. Pretty nifty.

A: Golden yellow with a slight haziness. Good effervescence. 1 finger white head. Sudsy. Very nice lacing and retention. Good so far.

S: Mostly hops in the nose. More citrus-heavy, but some light pine notes. Grapefruit. Lemon. There's a bit of less-than-pristine bar glass funk happening. I don't think it's from the beer. Not so complex, but nice.

T: Solid hop bitterness up front and throughout. Mostly citrus. Grapefruit again. There is some malt for balance, but not too much, which I like. Lingering bitterness of grapefruit pulp on the back end with some faint sweetness. Tasty.

M: Full with moderate carbonation. Very nicely carbonated, actually. Feels great.

O: Never had this before. Hell, never heard of this before, but pretty nice. Don't know if it's worth a 4 hour flight delay, but I like this pretty well. A bit one-dimensional, but leans in the directions I prefer in an IPA. Drank it right down and would do so again, for sure.


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Photo of MCImes
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A well made IPA all around.

dollar for dollar, this is the best beer on the market almost anywhere. There are slightly better IPA's around, but you literally pay 2-8 times more for a beer thats 10% better. This is almost always in my fridge, for good reason.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.84/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy golden color, nice head.

Smell is heavy grapefruit, pineapple, mango, pine, lemon, floral, bready malt.

Taste is a citrus, tropical bomb. Grapefruit is the big stand out, lemon, pine, mango, orange, bitter back end, bready malt underneath

Mouthfeel is medium, moderate carbonation, finishes very dry, leaves you wanting more.

Overall.... This beer is strait up world class, and wait for it... It costs 11.49 for a 12 pack. I always have a 12 on hand, as should anyone that can get summit 12s in there area. I love Torpedo as much as the next guy, but this beer is better, I still buy Torpedo from time to time but that is for that west coast pine bitterness, if you want strait tropic, citrus, pine hop flavor go with Saga.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden apricot in color. Not much head for the style but OK lacing.

Orange and lemons on the nose. A little bready malt.

Taste largely follows the nose. Big on the lemon notes for me.

Medium carb. Maybe a bit too sweet on the finish.

Nice beer. Great value beer for everyday drinking.

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Photo of Kwilk
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very nice copper color. 1/2 inch head that dissipates quickly.

Standard AIPA flavors of citrus, with some pine and great fresh aromas.

Flavor shows nice bitterness with floral and citrus flavors and a long, lingering finish.

Very well made textbook IPA

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Photo of KTCamm
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light bright gold with a fluffy head if white foam. Good retention. Light bitter pine nose. Strong opening bitter pine, grapefruit notes. Peppery and punchy. Slightly tongue scraping. The one doesn't joke around. Good IPA but with a really strong bitter.

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Photo of CorvetteMike
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Orange color, 2 finger head that remains for a long time. Good amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Malt, hops, grapefruit smell.

T: Balance of hops, malt with slight amount of bitterness. Taste the grapefruit and orange.

M: Moderate body with a reasonable level of carbonation. Very drinkable, and enjoyable.

O: A well balanced drinkable IPA enjoyable to the last drop.

Was a single bottle in a pick your own six pack. Will buy more in the future.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed after a long night of drinking lambic and gueuze... time to change pace with an IPA. Thanks to Jeff for cracking this one. Looks like burnt gold bars as it pours out into the glass, cloggy and obscure with barely any head at all, kind of surprising for an IPA. The weak, thin white skin that blankets the beer only lasts for a minute or so before it's gone for good.

Nice aroma of honey, dank and earthy hops, a mild incision of citrus peels, and an undercut of some toasty and bready malt sweetness. There isn't quite so much going on here, but the execution is very nice... Simple, yet refined in such a way that grabs your attention with the first whiff and keeps it throughout the entirety of the brew. Not explosive, but definitely solid.

The taste follows right along, with a good bit of bitterness up front that grazes the tongue softly with hoppy leaves and grapefruit peels coming hand in hand. A few more sips reveal a more juicy and less pithy citrus character that bodes well with the leafy and borderline piney character of the hops. Very crisp malt in the finish with a good amount of balancing sweetness; toasted crackers and bread.

Medium bodied, surprisingly high carbonation for such awful head formation. It snaps on the tongue with each gulp and leaves your palate pretty dry and not as resin-y as you may think. Nothing here that's gonna blow your mind or make you run out and buy a couple cases, but the balance in this brew is really nice, and you can put it down like Aquafina as a result.

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Photo of bound4er
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A. Clear golden amber appearance with a 1/2" white head.

S. Malt, vegetal hops, citrus hops - nice but not earth shattering.

T. Good combination of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Hops lean more towards the earthy, vegetal variety which is a nice change of pace from all the tropical flavored IPA's now on the market.

M. Medium plus body with some hop oil slickness.

O. This is a tasty, easy drinking everyday IPA that delivers a a lot of bang for your buck. If you're into IPA's that you can actually taste the malt in then this is a must try. Easy recommendation and one to have on hand at all times.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a soapy, white head bursting with hop resin that is persistence and leaves sticky lacing all along the edges of the glass. Bright hop aroma smells of grapefruit, though there is some kind of musty, dull aspect hiding in the back. Golden, straw color. Starts off with big bursts of grapefruit citrus and a medium bitterness. Builds into a medium-high bitterness as the hops take on a citrus rind/pine like quality. As the finish comes in, things mellow and a touch of sweet malt comes through, but then that citrus rind hop bitterness just steamrolls it all and lingers.

Overall, a great Midwest IPA; aromatic, hoppy, but not overly bitter. There's plenty of hop flavor and bitterness, but it's all balanced well. I would buy this again without a qualm. Very nice.

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Photo of Ri0
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into Duvel snifter.

A - Clear apricot orange with a nice 2-finger white head. Small ring and some lacing.

S - Grapefruit, floral hops and pine. Not much malt detected in teh nose.

T - Hop forward with grapefruit, citrus, floral, pine, and some light malt. Finish is a nice bitter, but not over the top.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Some resin and dryness in the mouth.

O - This is one of the best IPA's for the price. Well done Summit. If this were in cans it would travel everywhere.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is gold, transparent, head is bright whirte.

Smell is clean, fresh hops,
Solid pale malt.

Taste is also clean, fresh, nice bitterness, hops are good mix of pine/floral/fruit and not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is nice solid ipa bitterness, lingering with good malt sweetness backing

Overall, very solid IPA, another good brew from summit.

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Photo of MickeyD
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a clean pint glass

Appearance: Light golden in color, translucent. Tons of carbonation. Head is two fingers thick.

Smell: strong floral pine and freshly cut grass.

Taste: floral pine very strong aftertaste. When aerated the beer took on an ever stronger pine taste.

Mouthfeel: Thin and goes down very smooth.

Overall: Great IPA. Very true to the style and a great appearance.

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Summit Sága IPA from Summit Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.